Panic in Masindi as Man Dies with Ebola-Like Symptoms

Health authorities in Masindi District have launched investigations following the death of a resident with Ebola-like symptoms.

Moses Abigaba, a resident of Kitanyata 2 village in Kiruuli Sub County, died at Masindi Hospital on Friday after presenting bleeding from the mouth, nose and other body openings.

The District Health Officer, Dr Patrick Baguma, said that Abigaba’s symptoms were also similar to those the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF).

He explains that after Abigaba’s death, his relatives removed his body from the hospital without the knowledge of the administration which forced him to dispatch a team to bury the body as a precautionary measure.

He says they picked samples from the deceased and dispatched them to the Uganda Virus Research Institute for examination to establish the cause of death.

Abigaba’s death has triggered panic among residents who want health experts to release results from the deceased’s blood sample. Residents say they are currently living in fear following the sudden death of their village mate.

Richard Businge, the Kitanyata 2 village chairperson says that Abigaba was first admitted in a nearby clinic before he was transferred to Masindi Hospital when his condition worsened where he died from.

He says the deceased’s relatives picked the body for burial but they were shocked when a team of health workers dressed in protective gear stormed the burial and ordered all the mourners to disperse before they checked the body and buried it without allowing any residents to get close

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